A small animal tale: today I saw a worried dog

Early afternoon, I got into our building’s elevator and joined three other animals –a man, a woman and a dog of no obvious breed.

We all exchanged smiles because this is what we do in our building. We smile at each other. I glanced down at the dog and said “hi.” The dog looked at me and looked worried. So I said, “You look worried.” He kept looking worriedly at me. We gazed upon each other.

The man said, “He does look worried.” The woman who was holding the dog’s leash said, “I don’t know why he’s worried.”

“It’s not irrational,” I pointed out. “There are uncertainties outside, other dogs, the weather…”

Then the woman said, “I don’t really know this dog. I’m just watching him for a friend — no, actually, my daughter is watching him for a friend. This is the first time I’ve taken him for his walk.”

“Oh,” I said, “that’s why he’s worried. He doesn’t know whether you know how to do this.”

We arrived at the lobby and left the elevator. The dog turned away from the front door. The woman said to him, “No, it’s this way,” and he turned back, ready to go for his walk, ready to see if she knew what to do.

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